Digital Blog

I am passionate about digital making and producing fun, engaging sometimes useful projects often with a Raspberry Pi and a printer. The latest 20 blog posts are shown below, or use the search box.

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Mahjong Wind Indicator

About 25 years ago my in-laws taught me how to play Mahjong, recently we have started playing with our own kids. I was quite suprised to see their wind indicator was still a piece of scrappy paper that they must have made about 30 years ago. In the tradition of the MakerCupboard I decided to design and 3d print one for them! If you would like to print your own one the STL file can be found here This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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Animal Crossing Fireworks

Last night was the first Animal Crossing New Horizons fireworks night in August and brought some exciting new game play to ACNH. As someone who is not a hard core gamer in any sense I have really enjoyed the 500+ hours spent on ACNH since Easter! There is a certain

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Mahjong Wind Indicator

About 25 years ago my in-laws taught me how to play Mahjong, recently we have started playing with our own kids. I was quite suprised to see their wind indicator was still a piece of scrappy paper that they must have made about 30 years ago. In the tradition of

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Textured paint (Owl)

After the success of my first textured paint job I thought I would have a go at doing something that would look good with this paint. I went for an owl statue (see attribution below) as I wanted to see how the paint would handle the different contours of the

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Textured paint

Over the last year I have been working on improving the quality of my acrylic painting of models and have definitely seen a big improvment. I have wanted to try and extend this by using some textured finish on models so bought for £10 a can of Rust-Oleum textured multi

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Turret Malfunction

Turret Malfunction by Flye001, SirHorse I am really excited to share this game with you, written by my 15 year old son Philip with graphics by one of his friends from school. This was an entry to a game jam by GMTK and they only spent 48 hours developing this.

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Heated bed repair

Earlier in the year my heated bed failed during every print. The print would get about 75% through and then have a thermal runaway error which stopped the printing. Looking through the terminal messages on Octoprint it appeared to be an issue with the heated bed losing about 5oC and

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3D printing for dummies

Getting started with 3D printing Back in April I ordered my first 3D printer, I had used several before and thought I knew a little bit about how to use one etc I settled on the Startt 3D printer from iMakr which comes in at a very respectable £99.99 and

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Pi-mp3

Introducing the Raspberry Pi MP3 player With so many great audio apps on my phone carrying around a second mp3 player is a bit of a silly idea. However with the launch of the Pimoroni audio pHATS at the end of 2019 I had wondered if I could build myself

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Adventures in Painting

At the start of the summer I had got to a point with my printing on my CR10S that I could hit print and be almost certain that I would get a good print. This was the point where I decided that my focus should shift to the finishing and

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3D Fault finding

Today was the first time since buying my CR10 back in July that have I had significant problems with it. I am currently 2 hours into a 8 hour print and everything seems to be going well (fingers crossed). The fault appeared to be an issue with extrusion with a

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Filament review: PLA Pink Silk (Kexcelled)

I have been using the PLA professional filaments from kexcelled for just over a year and thought I would do a quick review of the silk: pink. This one can be purchased from 3dprintz.co.uk for £15.99 for 500g here. I like the silk filaments, they have a very nice touch

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Theatre Lamp

Ever since I first illuminated an LED I have wanted to build a custom bluetooth enabled theatre light using a Raspberry Pi. Aims of the project: Build a full size theatre lantern with colour changing LEDs which operated off 5V and could be controlled without logging into the Pi over

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Filament review: PLA Matte Moss Grey

hank you to filamentive for sending me their tester pack to sample. Over the next couple of weeks I am going to print the same two prints and photograph under similar conditions. The second filament to be sampled is their PLA Matte – Moss Grey Both the vase and fish

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Filament review: PLA Cosmic Blue

Thank you to filamentive for sending me their tester pack to sample. Over the next couple of weeks I am going to print the same two prints and photograph under similar conditions. The first filament to be sampled is their PLA Cosmic. Both the vase and fish were printed at

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Box.co.uk

Shopping for a 3D printer? Buying a 3D printer on-line is really easy and there are lots of options available. Buying a new 3D printer from a physical shop is slightly less easy. Putting aside specialist shops (eg imakr.com) many retail stores now sell 3D printers (eg PC World). When

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Upcycling a handbag

When I recently saw on Twitter that you could buy a 32×16 LED display for only £10 I was intrigued. The display was actually contained in a £10 handbag from Smiths Toys. After ordering the toy on the Friday night I was really surprised when it arrived on Sunday afternoon. Tearing

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Print fail!

One of my favourite presentations at the Raspberry Pi event Raspberry Fields earlier this year was Lorraine Underwood’s talk on Cubert. Lorraine has a really healthy attitude towards failure in making and how by sharing our failures as well as our successes we can encourage other makers. Last night I

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Happy Birthday Pirates!

Happy 6th Birthday Pimoroni! I have been meaning to write this blog post for a couple of months and I think now is a great time as I can also wish Pimoroni a happy birthday too! Pimoroni has to be one of my two go-to shops for all my tech

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inkypHAT multi-line text

I have been very much taken with the inkypHAT from Pimoroni and was really excited when I got mine back in January 2018. For only £22 you get a full 212 x 104 three colour eInk display which produces great clear and crisp graphics and text. There have been many

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American Truck Simulator

I am a huge fan of American Truck Simulator and really enjoy playing it on my MacBook. Over the last year I have looked into the possibility of buying a steering wheel / pedal kit for my Mac. The more I looked into it the less satisfied I got. I

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rigid.ink

Adventures in 3D printing – rigid.Ink One of the most bewildering things about 3D printing is buying filament. As the 3D printer market has exploded over the last few years there has become an increasing range of places to buy your filament from. With the addition of eBay and Amazon

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